Sorcerer ★★★★★

Original Title: Sorcerer
Year of Release: 1977
Genres: Thriller; Adventure
Director: William Friedkin
Writers: Walon Green; Georges Arnaud (based on the novel "Wages of Fear")
Main Cast: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou, Ramon Bieri, Peter Capell, Karl John, Friedrich von Ledebur

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A masterful film in pretty much every sense of the word, William Friedkin's Sorcerer is a perfect slice of 1970s cinema. 6 crates filled with explosives, 4 men who have fled from their countries, 2 trucks, and 1 long road. A perfect recipe that makes for one of the most tense adventure films I have seen.

The film reminded me a lot of Herzog's Aguirre: Wrath of God, for they both had troubled productions, shooting almost everything on location, and having the stars perform some truly dangerous stunts. Thanks to the opening prologues, you understand who these 4 men are, and throughout their dangerous journey you feel the tension. Without overusing dialogues, you see from the actions of these men how they manage their differences and start bonding with one another. The camerawork is excellent, the sound design and music immersive, and the acting completely believable (Roy Schneider's blank face will haunt my dreams).

I should definitely watch more films by Friedkin, for every time I see one of his films I am blown away!

Story: 8.5
Directing: 9.5
Cinematography: 9
Acting: 9.5
Sound: 9
Visual Effects: 10


Violence & Gore: 8
Sex & Nudity: 2
Drugs & Profanity: 2
Intensity & Horror: 7.5

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